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[kap-oo-chee-noh, kah-poo-; Italian kahp-poot-chee-naw] /ˌkæp ʊˈtʃi noʊ, ˌkɑ pʊ-; Italian ˌkɑp putˈtʃi nɔ/
a hot beverage consisting of espresso coffee and steamed milk, often served with powdered cinnamon and topped with whipped cream.
Origin of cappuccino
1945-50; < Italian: literally, Capuchin, so called from a fancied resemblance of the drink's color to the color of a Capuchin habit Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cappuccino
  • Be sure to try their other flavors too, including cappuccino and chocolate.
  • Hyped on the genuine espresso and cappuccino being served, they stared as though they might never tire of looking at it.
  • We want a lot of electrical outlets and a cappuccino maker.
  • Pricey pastries are dusted in gold, and if you are really adventurous, you can get a cappuccino made with camel milk.
  • It was now impossible to tell an espresso-sipping artist from a cappuccino-gulping banker.
  • In the background, you can see the cappuccino machines.
  • In the morning, enjoy a cappuccino and croissant on the rooftop terrace.
  • Dining options are a poolside bar and grill and a cappuccino bar.
  • Sample both with a cappuccino or espresso at one of the numerous outdoor cafes in the city center as you watch the world go by.
  • Smoothie, hot cocoa, flavored cappuccino or hot tea.
British Dictionary definitions for cappuccino


noun (pl) -nos
coffee with steamed milk, sometimes served with whipped cream or sprinkled with powdered chocolate
Word Origin
Italian: capuchin
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Word Origin and History for cappuccino

1948, from Italian cappuccino, from Capuchin in reference to the beverage's color and its supposed resemblance to that of the brown hoods of the Friars Minor Capuchins (see Capuchin).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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